Stevenson left fuming at smokers

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SCOTLAND’S Environment Minister has launched an ill-tempered tirade against smokers who dare to light up in the open air.

MSP Stewart Stevenson branded smokers puffing away next to him in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens as “foul” during the fireworks display in Edinburgh on Sunday.

The nationalist was upset by smokers apparently spoiling his enjoyment of the end-of-festival firework display. Mr Stevenson then went on to praise New York for banning smoking in the American city’s famous Central Park.

Anti-ban campaigners branded Mr Stevenson “intolerant”.